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HOW TO STRENGTHEN YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

The best we can do to fight cold, flus and virus is to strengthen our immune system. So, today I want to share how to strengthen your immune system 🍋🌿✨

The state of the world is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. What you can personally do for your own health, and to protect others as well, is to take better care of your immune system. Of course there is the hygienic aspect – to remember to wash your hands regularly, cough into your shirt instead of your hands etc. But to prevent yourself from catching any cold, flu or virus, the best thing you can do is to strengthen your immune system.

Your immune system defends your body from foreign, invading organisms, promoting protective immunity while maintaining tolerance to self.

Today I want to share with you, several ways in which you can strengthen your own immune system.

Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System


Eat more Ginger & Garlic
To fight off any bad bacteria or virus, one thing we can do is to eat more antimicrobial foods. Foods such as ginger and garlic have high antimicrobial properties that is effective against bacteria. So when cooking, make sure to use more of these foods, to help strengthen your immune system.

Eat Vitamin C Rich Food or Take a Supplement
Vitamin C has an effect on the body’s immune system and protects against vira and bacteria. A good idea to strengthen your immune system, is therefore to eat more vitamin C rich food, and take a good vitamin C supplement.

Vitamin C rich food include thing such as; citrus fruits, kiwis, berries, tomatoes, cauliflower and leafy greens.

Take a Vitamin D Supplement
Many people, especially in the Northern countries were we go many months without seeing the sun can become deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D is the vitamin you usually get through sun exposure. Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity and an increased susceptibility to infections. Therefore, taking a vitamin D supplement, especially during the Winter if you live in countries with less sun exposure, can be a very good idea.

Take a Probiotic Supplement & Eat Fermented Food
2/3 of the immune system is located in the gut. All disease begins in the gut. Make sure to start treating your gut right. Your gut health is affected by the food you eat. You can better the health of your gut by eating more veggies and fermented food. You can also support your gut health by taking a good probiotic supplement, to get more good bacteria in your gut. By strengthening your gut health, you’ll strengthen your immune system.

Drink Lots of Water & Herbal Teas
To work properly, we need water. We need to be hydrated. Our bodies consist of around 60% water. We need it for our body to function well. Drink more water and drink lots of herbal teas. Specifically you can go for herbal teas with ginger and turmeric, to strengthen the immune system, or a green tea filled with antioxidants.

Eat More Fruit & Veggies
Food is Medicine. This has been said for thousands of years, and now really is the time to embrace this – now more than ever. What you fuel your body with will determine how well your body will function for you. When you fuel your body with all the colours of different fruits and veggies, you get a whole range of different vitamins and minerals – which is exactly what your body need to function at its best. Fuel your body. Use food as medicine, by giving your body the best so it can work for you.

Move Your Body
Move your body, go for walks. By moving your body you activate your lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system gets rid of toxins from your body. So the simple act of going for a walk, will activate this system – and the less toxins that are in your system, the easier your immune system will function. Go out and get some fresh air and go for a walk.

Relax & Slow Down
Stress weakens the body’s immune system. So even though these times can be hard and full of uncertainty and insecurity, stressing about it does not help. Take time to relax and slow down. Meditate. Take some deep breaths. Go for a walk. Read a good book. Slow everything down.

Read also: 3 Practices to Help You To Relax & Tune Into Yourself


Health

THE BENEFITS OF DRINKING GREEN TEA

I’ve been drinking Green Tea for the past 8 years ever since I once read about all the benefits of drinking Green Tea. Not only is drinking a cup of tea delicious and comforting, but it is also so beneficial for your health as well, that’s what I absolutely love about it! 🍵🌿

If you aren’t already drinking green tea, then I want to give you tons of reasons in this blogpost for why to get started with this! Green tea is filled with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body.

I have been drinking at least 1-2 cups of green tea pr. day for the past 8 years. I remember reading about the benefits of it in high school, and then I just got started on it. Nowadays, it just ain’t as good a day if my mornings doesn’t start with my cup of green tea.

My little life motto goes like this; “A cup of green tea a day, keeps the doctor away”

But let’s get into the fun part, about all the amazing benefits that this tea has!

Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

  1. Green Tea Helps Reduce Inflammation & Fight Cancer
    Green Tea is rich in polyphenols, which helps to reduce inflammation in the body and can help to fight cancer
  2. Green Tea Increases Fat Burning & Improves Physical Activity
    Some studies have shown green tea to increase fat burning, and caffeine itself has been shown to improve physical performance.
  3. Green Tea Can Kill Bacteria, which Improves Dental Health and Lowers Your Risk of Infection
    The catechins in green tea can kill bacteria and inhibit viruses. Green tea consumption is associated with improved dental health and a lower risk of caries.
  4. Green Tea may Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes involves having elevated blood sugar levels and being insulin resistant, or having an inability to produce insulin. Studies have shown that green tea can improve insulin sensitivity and can reduce blood sugar levels.
  5. Green Tea may Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
    Cardiovascular Diseases include things such as heart disease and stroke. Studies have shown that green tea can improve some of the main risk factors for these kind of diseases.
  6. Green Tea can Help Reduce Signs of Ageing, it Promotes Longevity and it Helps Reduce Sun Damage
    Green tea has strong antioxidants, which helps to fight inflammation. Green tea can help inhibit oxidative stress and the potential inflammation that might come from it. Green tea are also rich in an anti-ageing antioxidant, known as EGCG, which helps fight wrinkles by increasing cell turnover.

    With all those health benefits I’d say; no wonder why green tea has become very popular! And if you like the taste, then I would say go drink more of this healthy tea!

I’m curious to know, have you already jumped on the Green-Tea-Wagon? Or has this post perhaps inspired you to wanting to try it out? A little tip is that some pure green tea can be a bit bitter in the taste, so if you want, then you can go for green tea with lemon, those are my personal favourites 🍵🌿

Resources:
6 Things that May Slow the Aging Process – HuffPost
10 Proven Benefits of Green Tea – Healthline
Anti-infective Properties of Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate (EGCG), a Component of Green Tea – PubMed
Anti-microbial Effects of Green Tea Polyphenols on Thermophilic Spore-Forming Bacteria – ScienceDirect
Antiviral Effect of Catechins in Green Tea on Influenza Virus – PubMed
Effect of Green Tea on Glucose Control and Insulin Sensitivity: a meta-analysis of 17 randomised controlled trials – PubMed
Influence of Green Tea and Its Three Major Components Upon Low-Density Lipoprotein Oxidation – ScienceDirect
Green Tea Consumption and Mortality among Japanese Elderly People: The Prospective Shizuoka Elderly Cohort – ScienceDirect